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The Best Beauty Products Of 2016

2016 has brought us some phenomenal new launches – from stellar {serums} to must-have-it {make up} via Kim K’s favourite {hair care}. Here are the highlights from the last 12 months…

Launched in January, Vintner’s Daughter’s {Active Botanical Serum} has legions of die-hard obsessives, who’re completely addicted to its potent skin-transformative prowess. Our Affiliate Marketing Manager Chikay loves this super-charged elixir – a blend of precious plant extracts that works to strengthen, soften and elasticise all skin types. (You can read Chikay’s review in full right {here}).

February saw the launch of {Surratt Beauty} – an absolutely stunning high-performance make up range from Kevyn Aucoin’s protégé. The beauty world is going wild for the exquisite, velvety-textured powders, while we love the beautiful {Smokey Eye Batons} – dual-ended liner-and-shadow sticks, which grant a sexy, smudged-out smoulder.

A comprehensive range of wellbeing essentials, {KIKI Health} boasts an array of supplements to enhance energy levels, combat fatigue and help swiftly restore ‘joie de vivre’. Equip yourself with {Aloe Ferox} to help combat the post-Christmas bloat, while a sprinkling of {Alkaline Infusion} in your smoothie will help to ward against those all-too-common coughs and colds.

It was all about January in April, as we ushered super-natural skin care brand {January Labs} into our ‘Hall of Fame’. Beloved by facialist and beauty guru Caroline Hirons, the {Moisture Balancing Lotion} does everything its name implies – hydrating while regulating oil to keep skin calm and contented.

Another one of Ms. Hirons’ favourites, {Kypris} is an über-natural, organic range of game-changing elixirs. Brimming with revitalising pumpkin enzymes, their {Moonlight Catalyst} has a dramatic impact on skin’s vibrancy: ‘dissolving’ dead skin cells to leave skin smooth and beautifully light-reflective.

From celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin, {OUAI Haircare} has graced the locks of Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian-West, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Alexa (to name but a few). The secret to that tousled ‘French girl’ texture, we’re totally addicted to the {Wave Spray} – a cocktail of amino acids, tamarind seed, keratin, ama oil, hibiscus and jasmine – that smells heavenly and grants moderate hold (without ‘crunch’).

Designed for modern multi-hyphenates, {Allies of Skin} is a streamlined regime packed with ultra-high levels of antioxidants, replenishing nutrients and ‘anti-polluaging’ actives – to protect skin from the everyday environmental stress. Ideal for city dwellers, try the {1A Overnight Mask} – a super-charged overnight treatment that ‘undoes’ damage and helps strengthen your face’s defences.

In August we launched Huda Beauty’s SELL-OUT {Liquid Matte} lipsticks – long-wear, kiss-resistant pigments in an array of chic, on-trend shades. ‘Trendsetter’ has caused an absolute furore – the perfect ’90s beige-brown, it’s totally Kate Moss circa her CK heyday…

September saw the arrival of {Vincent Longo} – high-performance make up with the most amazing formulations. The best-loved {Water Canvas Crème-to-Powder Foundation} has a ‘springy’ texture – granting a smooth, flawless dewy finish that looks beautifully believable. Or fall in love with the exquisite marbled {Pearl X Eyeshadows} – multi-textured and multi-tonal, they’re ideal for achieving an array of arresting eye make up effects.

Make up artist to the stars, {Charlotte Tilbury’s} self-titled range of skin care and cosmetics is to-die-for! With phenomenal formulas, daring colour palettes and the most coveted, boudoir-worthy packaging, it’s stylish, decadent and fabulously feminine. We’re totally addicted to her signature fragrance – {Scent of Dream} – which boasts Iso E Super to subtly enhance your sex appeal.

Fuelling our rose gold obsession (hot on the heels of {Charlotte Tilbury}), the world can’t get enough of german-based brush-and-cosmetics brand {ZOEVA}. One of our most-requested ranges, the beautiful brush sets and palettes sold out within hours of launch. Trust us, you’re going to NEED the sought-after {Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set – Volume 1}.

From Insta-famous brand {Mabel + Meg} comes {Lumilixir Serum} – the multi-tasking must-have that plumps, brightens and intensively hydrates your face (and lips)! A perfect primer for your liquid lipstick (it’s ideal under Huda’s aforementioned {Liquid Matte}), this leaves no trace of residue. Read more about (and see it in action) right {here}.

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Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…